Calling All “Wimpy” Kids!

Can’t get enough of the adventures of Greg and Rowley?  Are you afraid of “The Cheese”?  Then you’ll want to come for a time of wimpy fun based on the hilarious Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. For ages 6 and up.

Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch – Saturday, December 19, 10:30 a.m.

Cascade Township Branch – Monday, December 21, 3:00 p.m.

Krause Memorial Branch – Monday, January 11, 3:00 p.m.

* Byron Township Branch – Saturday, January 16, 11:00 a.m.

* Walker Branch – Saturday, January 16, 2:00 p.m.

Kentwood Branch – Saturday, January 23, 2:00 p.m.

* Plainfield Township Branch – Friday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.

* Englehardt Branch – Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 p.m.

Tyrone Township Branch – Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m

Alto Branch – Saturday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.

Alpine Township Branch – Wednesday, February 24, 6:00 p.m.

* Caledonia Township Branch – Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 p.m.

Wyoming Branch – Saturday, February 27, 2:00 p.m.

Gaines Township Branch – Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m.

* Branches indicated with a star prefer that you register in advance for this program.  Please call 616-784-2007, or visit our online calendar of events to register.

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14 Responses to “Calling All “Wimpy” Kids!”

  1. I love the library Says:

    Awsome idea!

  2. Tonia Says:

    All of my kids love the Wimpy Kids series. We’ll be sure to make one of the events.

  3. Matt Hooker Says:

    Why is this at 3pm? Its a school day and my child that might be interested in this is in school till 3:30pm and doesnt get off the bus till 4pm. How long will this event go until?

  4. Denise Says:


    Programs for school-age children generally last about an hour, but that can, of course, vary.

    Our programs are scheduled by youth staff members at each individual branch. I apologize if some of the times do not work for you and your family. Perhaps you could attend at a nearby branch at a different time.

    Denise (KDL Staff)

  5. Tina Dalasinski Says:

    I was wondering why they don’t do any activities like this at Gaines Township library. My daughter would love to go to this but can’t because the closest one is Kentwood and the day it happens we can’t go.

  6. Denise Says:

    Hi Tina,

    Thank you so much for your comment! Actually, the Gaines Township Branch IS having the Wimpy Kid program, and I missed it when I wrote the above blog post! The Gaines Township Branch will be hosting a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” program on Monday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

    I will edit the above blog post to include the Gaines Township Branch. I apologize for my error when posting about this event, and thank you for catching that omission. I hope you and your daughter will be able to attend.

    Thank you!
    Denise (KDL Staff)

  7. Tina Dalasinski Says:

    So if there is no star you do not have to register for the event.

  8. Mark Says:

    I agree that anything set between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm is ridiculous as most children that are 6-12 are still in school. What is the point? I was excited for my kids to go to this then looked at the time. 2-3 pm Are you looking at getting entire classes to go to these things?

  9. Denise Says:

    Hi Mark,

    The youth librarians at each of our branches schedule programs when they think it will best serve their specific community. It is quite possible that some of these times were scheduled with certain groups in mind, like daycares or schools, who could attend during the day.

    It is also possible that decisions were made with the schedules of specific school districts in mind. For example, the Plainfield Township Library is hosting this event on Friday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. This particular branch is located within the Northview Pubic School District, and February 12 is a day off in that particular school district. So Northview Public School students would not in fact be in school on that specific day.

    That said, you are completely welcome to speak with the youth librarian at the branch(es) nearest you about program scheduling. They try very hard to accommodate the various schedules of families within their communities, so it’s always good to let them know when works best for you.

    Thank you!
    Denise (KDL Staff)

  10. Laura Says:

    How about a Whimpy Kids thing at Herrick Main Library?

  11. Laura Says:

    How about a Whimpy Kid thing at Herrick Main Library? It sounds fun!

  12. Denise Says:

    Hi Laura,

    The Herrick District Library is not part of Kent District Library. We are all a part of the Lakeland Library Cooperative, which is why you can use your library card at all of our branches. However, our programs are planned entirely separately from each other.

    You could always contact someone at the Herrick District Library and offer the idea as a program suggestion. Contact information is available at their website at

    Thanks! Happy Wednesday!
    Denise (KDL Staff)

  13. Andy Says:

    I have a 3 and 6 year old. The 6 year old is ready the Wimpy kid series of books so this would be great. My question, when I go what should I do with my 3 year old? Can my 6 year old enjoy the activities as I remain in another part of the library with my 3 year old?

  14. Denise Says:

    Hi Andy,

    The activities at this program will indeed be directed at the ability level of your six-year-old. You’re right that the majority of these activities will be too complex for a three-year-old. Whether or not you feel comfortable letting your six-year-old participate without you is dependent upon your feelings and your child’s maturity level. If you’re comfortable with it, it is perfectly alright to be in a different part of the library with your three-year-old while your six-year-old participates in the Wimpy Kid activities.

    I just want to emphasize, however, that it is not acceptable to leave the building while your child is at this program. But being in a different area of the library would be fine. 🙂

    Thank you!
    Denise (KDL Staff)